Many students pursuing the distance learning programme at the University of Ghana (UG) have expressed disgust and disappointment at the University because of its inability to award them their degrees despite completing their academic work.
Two institutions and two universities have been presented with laboratory equipment valued at GH¢1.5 million.
The equipment, procured under the Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (NREG) programme, with support from five development partners, went to the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission and the Geological Survey Department.
The universities are the Earth Science Department of the University of Ghana and the Geological Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The equipment included thin section preparatory equipment, laboratory equipment and field equipment to aid in the conduct of seismic survey, as well as hand operated augur set and accessories.
The Accra Fast Track High Court yesterday refused a bail application by counsel for the 42-year old German, Piera Cascante Victor-Hugo, who was arrested at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) by officials of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) for attempting to smuggle $650,000 out of the country.
The court, presided over by Mrs Justice Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe, refused the application on the grounds that counsel for the accused person, Mr Afenyo Markin, made it orally.
Mr Markin pleaded with the court to grant his client bail to enable him to seek proper medical attention, since he was suffering from diabetes and other health problems.
The judge said, “Put the bail application into writing”, adding that her court would not entertain oral bail application.
Hugo pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted exportation of currency without licence issued by the Bank of Ghana, concealment of currency, contrary to Section 269 of the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (Management) Act, PNDCL 330, smuggling of currency and money laundering.
Giving evidence, a narcotics analyst, Mr Ishmael Amon-Kortei, told the court that he was on duty at the last security checkpoint at the KIA on April 29, 2013 when the accused person approached his desk with five hand luggage for inspection.
Led in evidence by Mr Matthew Amponsah, a Chief State Attorney, Mr Amon-Kortei said a lady was in Hugo’s company when the search was conducted.
He said during the search, it emerged that Hugo had concealed the money in secret compartments in the bags, wallets and clothes.
He said Hugo was then taken to the Scan Office at the KIA, where the compartments of the bags were cut open and the money, which was in $100 notes, was found.
He said Hugo was later taken to his (Amon Kotei’s) superior at the KIA, Mr Francis Yeboah, and after interrogation, he was sent to the head office of NACOB, where he was detained after the money found on him had been counted to confirm that it was $650,000 as he had claimed.
A 29-year-old former employee of Melcom Limited, Mr Lawrence Darkwah, who was injured in the Melcom disaster of November 7, 2012, yesterday filed a writ at the Human Rights Division of the High Court asking the court to set aside the agreement executed between him and Melcom Limited.
Quick action by a group of people at a fire scene at the Adenta Barrier in Accra Wednesday saved the life of a 65-year-old woman, Mrs Mercy Botwe, who was taking a nap in her provisions store when it caught fire.
The National Peace Council (NPC) has started the deployment of staff to serve as technical advisers on the various district and regional security councils on conflict prevention, management and resolution.
The exercise forms part of a decentralisation programme to consolidate peace in the various communities.
A member of the NPC, Mrs Florence Hutchful, made this known at the opening of a mediation workshop sponsored by the Swiss Embassy for newly recruited staff of the NPC in Ho yesterday.
She said the NPC recognised that in order to build sustainable peace, there was the need to adopt a bottom-up approach, by which it would make use of local knowledge, experiences and expertise in the management of conflicts at the local level.
Mrs Hutchful said although it might be argued that conflict was an undeniable fact of societal existence, the expression and responses to it were, however, critical.
“If we choose to make use of such non-violent techniques as dialogue, mediation and negotiation to settle our differences, we can become better for it. If, however, we adopt the use of violence to settle our differences, we would not only be denying ourselves the opportunity to benefit from our different views and opinions but also be destroying whatever we have achieved as a society or been blessed with,” she stated.
Neutrality in mediation
In an address read on his behalf, the Volta Regional Minister, Mr Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, advised the newly recruited staff to be neutral in their mediation efforts and exhibit a high level of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
He said the fact that the country had continued to enjoy peace over the years should not make citizens relent in the effort to improve upon the current state of peace.
In an address, a representative of the Swiss Embassy, Mr Christopher Carpenter, asked participants in the workshop to share knowledge to make for an effective peace campaign.
He said the NPC had assumed the strategic position of becoming a role model for the Africa region and that the speed with which the workshop was organised was a testimony to the good leadership that the NPC offered towards conflict resolution. Support government
The Chairman for the function, Shiekh Mamood Mohammed, commended previous and the present governments for committing resources to peace building and assured the participants of support to make them functional.
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire are claiming ownership of a territory in the maritime border of the two countries which experts say holds about two billion barrels of oil reserves, as well as 1.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and the Tema District Council of Labour have accused the Trades Union Congress (TUC) of agreeing to the 25 per cent downward review of electricity tariff without recourse to them.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, has been granted a two-year extension of service. This follows approval granted to a request by the Interior Ministry to the Vice-President for Mr Alhassan to stay in office to continue with his agenda of transforming the police service.